Written by Staff Writer
26 Jan, 2014 | 9:28 am
India is celebrating its 65th Republic Day on Sunday. Ahead of the parade, a multi-layer security blanket has been thrown around the capital with thousands of armed personnel set to keep a tight vigil to thwart any possible terror strike or any untoward incident during the celebrations.
More than 20,000 armed personnel have been deployed to keep a tight vigil from ground to air during the parade, which will showcase India’s military might and cultural diversity.
SWAT teams of Delhi Police, anti-aircraft guns and sharpshooters of National Security Guard have been deployed at various places while paramilitary and Delhi Police commandos are keeping a close watch along the Republic Day parade route.
The parade ceremony will start at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate where Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will lead the nation in paying homage to the martyrs.
Vehicular movement on the parade route has also been restricted from 4 am on Sunday.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is the chief guest of the Republic Day parade. PM Manmohan Singh, President Pranab Mukherjee and a host of other political leaders will be at the Rajpath near India Gate for the parade.
“More than 125 buildings around Rajpath were sealed by Delhi Police on January 25. Subsequently, rooftop surveillance will be conducted to keep subversive activities at bay,” Joint Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Mukesh Kumar Meena said.
Delhi Police has put up posters of wanted terrorists of major terror and militant organisations at public places in the city so that they can be identified by the people and nabbed if they try to enter Delhi.
During the parade, spotters and snipers will be positioned on high-rise buildings along the 8-km-long route for Republic Day parade from Raisina Hills to Red Fort.
Security personnel have identified vulnerable spots like crowded markets, railway stations, bus stands and other high-value establishments and efforts have been made to secure them. Traffic police have deployed around 1,500 personnel to manage route diversions during the parade.
Patrolling in public places has been intensified and checking and frisking in metro, railway stations and bus terminals tightened.
A central monitoring centre has also been established where CCTV footage from around 160 CCTV cameras installed on the stretch will be relayed live and top officials will constantly review the security detail in real time. Those on ground will also keep them abreast about the situation.
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